TULSA, Okla. - Sweat equity is paying off for a mother with help from the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.
"I'm overwhelmed with joy," says 36-year-old Tamica Morrison.
She is going to be a first-time homeowner.
"I pictured myself now here, but before this no," says Morrison.
The nonprofit, along with volunteers from ONEOK and ONE Gas, are building her three-bedroom house in the Kendall-Whittier area. In a couple of months, she and her son, Robert, will be moving into the home from their one-bedroom apartment.
Morrison was accepted to a program by the nonprofit, where she had to complete 300 class and volunteer hours in money management and home maintenance. Habitat for Humanity will then work with her on an affordable loan once the house is complete.
"A lot of our families come to us paying 50 to 70% of their income in rent, so when we adjust that back, all of a sudden our families have disposable income to redirect towards education, transportation, food," says Cameron Walker, CEO of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.
The organization helps build 20 homes a year. Its goal is to build twice as many homes next year.
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